The Festival brings the world to Auckland every May.
This year we staged 207 public events, gathering together 230 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 74,000 Festival goers, to celebrate the world of books and ideas.
For the past 18 years the Festival has enriched the culture of our city and established itself as a major Australasian festival, characterised not only by the calibre of our guest authors but also by the enthusiasm and engagement of our audience and the warmth and welcome provided by Auckland as our setting.
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THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: IDEAS FOR YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCEA SELECTION CURATED BY OUR FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Struggling to make your Festival choices out of the myriad of ticketed and free events on offer? Here are some suggestions for making the most of the #OpenBook. Read more ›
Announcing the 2018 ProgrammeThe country’s largest literary showcase, the Auckland Writers Festival, brings a world of stories and ideas to the city from the 15th to the 20th May, offering laughter, knowledge, ideas and inspiration for audiences of all ages with more than 230 of the planet’s best writers alive today. Read more ›
Book Awards Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Stellar Finalist Line-upNew Zealand’s premier literary awards celebrate their 50th anniversary with a rich collection of 16 finalist books by both lauded established writers and emerging stars. Read more ›